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Who ARE The Tampa Oratorio Singers

 

We are a 60+ voice concert chorus, comprised of talented volunteer singers (some multi-generational) from all walks of life encompassing the entire Tampa Bay area, providing music lovers with the opportunity to perform and hear the music of the great choral masters.

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JIM HECK 90th BIRTHDAY


The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay recently honored Jim Heck for his 37 years of singing and 34 years of Board service.  As part of this recognition, Master Chorale passed a Resolution recognizing Jim as their first Trustee Emeritus.  Master Chorale has also named their annual 'Board Member of the Year' award after him.

Festivities included a car parade to celebrate Jim’s 90th birthday, pictured above.

 
Jim has been a long-time member of TOS and the Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church choir.  Congratulations and many thanks to Jim for his deep commitment to choral music!


 

TOS High School Scholarship Grant Program


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Sing Smart: a virtual SINGERS EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

 

"I am excited about the Sing Smart learning series! We have a unique opportunity this season to focus on the foundations of good choral singing and to strengthen your musical knowledge and skills. I'm really enjoying creating the curriculum and hope everyone will enjoy the series as much as I have enjoyed creating it." Nancy Callahan  

The first "Sing Smart" session is available on YouTube (link) to watch anytime. 
Every Monday at 7pm, a new session will be posted on the same YouTube playlist.
Handouts for past and future sessions are available on the "Sing Smart" page under News & Events (link).
Join us for this unique learning opportunity!

 
Program:

  • #1 September 14: Elements of Music - Rhythm
    • Pulse /Beat
    • Note Values
    • Bar Lines / Time Signature
    • Reading Rhythms
    • Simple and Compound Meter
    • Count-Singing
    • Conducting Patterns
       
  • #2 September 21: Music Notation
    • Pitch (Musical Alphabet)
    • Staves
    • Grand Staff
    • Clefs
    • Note Recognition – on Grand Staff / on Piano
    • Whole and Half Steps
    • Accidentals (# b X bb Natural)
    • Pathagorus
    • Temperament
    • Circle of Fifths
    • Major Scales and Key Signatures
       
  • #3 September 28: Scales, Intervals, Chords & Cadences
    • Scales (Scale Degrees)
      • Major
      • Minor (Natural, Harmonic, Melodic and their Key Signatures)
      • Pentatonic
      • Whole Tone
    • Intervals
    • Chords
    • Major
      • Minor
      • Diminished
      • Augmented
    • Inversions
    • Cadences
       
  • #4 October 5: Diction - Latin & English
    • Latin
      • Vowels
      • Consonants
      • Latin pronunciation
    • English
      • Vowels
      • Consonants
 
  • #5 October 12: Intonation
    • Singing Flat
      • Descending Passage
      • Repeating Notes, Same Pitch, in a Row
      • Repeated Passages
      • Approaching the End of a Long Phrase
      • Vocal or Mental Fatigue
      • Breath Support
    • Singing Sharp
      • Ascending Passage
      • Singing in the Stratosphere
      • Hyper Personalities
    • Both Sharp and Flat
      • Notes Insecure
      • Rhytm Insecure
      • Vowels not Unified
      • Tessitura is Difficult
      • Vocal Production is Problematic
      • Vibrato is not Unified
      • Singing too Softly
      • Singing too Loud
  • #6 October 19: Vocal / Choral Warm-Ups & Tonal Quality
    • Vocal / Choral Warm-Ups
      • Physical Exercises
      • Breathing Exercises
      • Vocal Exercises
    • Tonal Quality
      • Posture
      • Resonance
      • Breath support
      • Focus
      • Placement
      • Vibrato
      • Listening ears

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  • #7 October 26: Musical Terms, Effects & Symbols
    • Speed Markings
    • Italian Modifiers
    • Changes of Tempo
    • Dynamic Markings
    • Articulation
    • Phrasing
    • Ornaments
    • Lyrics
    • Symbols
    • Musical Terms and Abbreviations
 
  • #8 November 2: 
    • Concert / Rehearsal Etiquette
    • Score Markings,
    • Expectations of Singers
    • Page Turns 
    • Classical Musical Forms

 

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